20 Best Spring Songs 1970s

Spring is the season for cracking open windows, firing up the grill, or soaking up the sun.

But do you know what else?

It’s the perfect excuse to blast those feel-good tunes! And the not-so-distant ’70s era is practically bursting with springtime jams just waiting to be rediscovered.

So, here are the best spring songs from the 1970s to fill your warm-weather playlist or just to cheer you up no matter the time of the year.

1. Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra (1977)

Seriously, is there a song happier than this? Give it a listen, and try not to bob your head to the beat—it’s that infectious!

If you could hear a beautiful blue sky, it would sound exactly like this! You could be stuck in the coldest place on Earth, and this track will warm you right up.

Oddly enough, Mr. Blue Sky only gained pop culture sensation decades after its release. 

2. Spring Affair by Donna Summer (1976)

Looking for a tune to set the mood for some springtime lovin’? Donna Summer has the perfect disco hit just for that.

With her silky voice and that catchy beat, you can’t help but feel the romance blossoming.

The production quality is top-notch, with lush instrumentation and a lively rhythm that’ll keep you dancing from beginning to end.

3. Season Suite: Spring by John Denver (1972)

John Denver’s spring anthem is a leisurely stroll through a blooming meadow.

His heartfelt vocals and gentle acoustic melodies paint a beautiful picture of nature awakening after a cold, gray winter.

With each lyric, Denver shares the small miracles of spring: the scent of fresh flowers, the pattering rain, and the sun breaking through the clouds.

4. You Must Believe in Spring by Tony Benett and Bill Evans (1977)

Mr. Tony Benett, how can we not when you’re serenading us with all the promises of renewal that spring brings? And with your affectionate voice, we’ll buy into anything you sing about.

But let’s not forget the crooner’s jazz partner Bill Evans going Chopin on the piano. Together, they make us feel nostalgic and hopeful all at once.

5. Takin’ Care of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1973)

If you need a soundtrack for your spring to-do list, we bring you Takin’ Care of Business!

Although we have a feeling you might end up doing more dancing than actual spring cleaning and gardening.

This song is an instant stomper with punchy guitar riffs, carefree vocals, and contagious energy.

6. Here Comes the Sun by Richie Havens (1972)

You know how it is with covers—people love ’em or hate ’em.

Take, for example, The Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. Many artists have given it a shot, but nothing compares to the original.

However, Richie Havens’ take on this ultimate spring anthem is something else. His soulful interpretation hits you with a warmth that slowly expands in your chest.

7. Flowers by The Emotions (1976)

You’ll want to toss on a flower crown when this tune comes on! The velvety voices of the harmonizing sisters are as soothing as soft petals against your ears.

Their lyrics spread love and positivity like flowers brightening up the spring landscape.

It’s a reminder that you have the power to make your destiny because life doesn’t come with guarantees.

8. Spring Song by Bruce Cockburn (1970)

Spring Song is a gentle nudge, prompting us to appreciate the beauty of change and growth, much like the arrival of spring.

Bruce Cockburn imagines people coming together again to rediscover meaning and connection. He reflects on the cycle of life and celebrates the human experience with all its ups and downs.

9. Garden Party by Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band (1972)

We want to have a garden party, too, with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, George Harrison, and Bob Dylan on the guest list! Rick Nelson’s lyrics are rich with witty nods to these iconic figures.

The song isn’t exactly about spring fever, though. Instead, it tells the story of Nelson getting booed at a concert for singing The Rolling Stones’ Country Honk.

10. Fresh As A Daisy by Emitt Rhodes (1971)

People call Emitt Rhodes the One-Man Beatles, and you’ll get why once you hear this track.

Regardless of the comparison, this song will put a spring in your step and leave you as fresh as a daisy.

Who wouldn’t feel that way if you have someone special who inspires you to kick those old habits and be the best you can be?

11. I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash (1972)

Need a burst of sunshine on a gloomy day or the perfect jam while putting on your contact lenses? We got you!

This classic chart-topper isn’t strictly reggae, but it’s so easygoing, chill, and downright fun that it could easily brighten your mood and flip that frown upside down.

And it’s a gem of a song, from Johnny Nash’s smooth vocals to the catchy arrangement.

12. Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson (1971)

Spring is in full swing with Lynn Anderson’s signature song Rose Garden. Anderson’s sweet, sweet voice is so easy on the ears, we promise!

Her version of Joe South’s 1967 original track won her a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female.

It became a full-on crossover sensation after topping the American Billboard Country and Pop charts. 

13. Spring Fever by Loretta Lynn (1978)

Who says songs about spring can’t be spicy? Loretta Lynn’s got us all tangled up in a love triangle with her naughty twist on the season.

The country female singer blames her giddy feelings on spring fever, even if it’s smack dab in winter. While her current beau is all sunshine and rainbows, her heart has wandered to greener pastures.

Torn between two lovers much?

14. Everybody Loves The Sunshine by Roy Ayers (1976)

Only Dracula would dare to disagree!

Roy Ayers’ song makes you want to grab your towel, slap on some sunscreen, and head straight to the beach. Or, you can hit the fields to be with “just bees and things and flowers.”

And the inspiration behind the song? A hot, sunny day, what else!

15. You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder (1973)

This love song simply sticks with you, and that’s the magic of Stevie Wonder’s touch. It’s one of those timeless classics that never gets old, no matter how many times you hear it.

Shortly after its release, it soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the Easy Listening charts.

Sure enough, its next stop was the Grammys, where Stevie won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

16. It’s a Beautiful Morning by The Rascals (1972)

The arrival of spring is nature hitting the refresh button. The air feels crisp, the birds are singing, and there are endless possibilities for fresh starts.

And even The Rascals agree: why waste a sunny day cooped up indoors when there’s a whole world of fun waiting outside?

The rhythm and blues single was carefree, groovy, and just the pick-me-up you need for a not-so-beautiful morning.

17. Saturday in the Park by Chicago (1972)

Chicago’s smash hit is a musical postcard from a perfect day in the park, complete with buskers, ice cream vendors, and living statues.

And, as you might have guessed, the song came together just as you’d imagine.

Inspiration struck after Robert Lamm and his bandmates spent a Saturday morning hanging out in Central Park. And, yes, it was the 4th of July!

18. The Green Grass Starts to Grow by Dionne Warwick (1971)

Who needs spring to melt the snow and sprout green grass? Love or, more specifically, a lover’s smile, can do those miracles too, cheesy as it may sound.

But hey, ask anyone who’s been in love, and they would totally get it. When you’re head over heels for a person, you’ll have a slice of springtime in your heart, no matter the season.

19. Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens (1971)

This song is a celebration of a new day unfolding. Whether you’re a morning person or not, it speaks to anyone who’s ever found magic in the simple joys of life.

Stevens’ soothing voice and uplifting words make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like a cozy blanket on a chilly morning.

20. The Rain Song by Led Zepellin (1973)

Led Zeppelin’s rock anthems get under the skin, but it’s impossible not to fall in love with this softer, more subdued track from Houses of the Holy.

The Rain Song was kind of the band’s response to George Harrison’s little jab about them not doing ballads.

Jimmy Page took that challenge and ran with it, giving us a seven-minute masterpiece to show they could do it all.

And while the song does talk about spring, it’s really about the full cycle of changing seasons.

Wrapping Up

As you step outside and embrace the warmer weather, don’t forget to turn up the volume on these oldies but goodies!

Did you enjoy our best spring songs from the 1970s? Bet you’d also love our list of the coolest winter music from the same era.